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DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE
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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: Mark Redfield

Starring:
Mark Redfield
Elena Torrez
Carl Randolph

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What's it about
Robert Louis Stevensonís 1886 novella gets yet another motion picture treatment. When a reclusive Doctor experiments on the human condition, he is transformed into a vicious monster of a man. Once upon a time this was scary.
Is it good movie?

Have you ever had a friend invite you to his current play; he/she is doing Shakespeare at some little theatre? You donít really want to go but you owe him one. So one Saturday night you head to the theatre and pay your fifteen bucks (unless you are lucky enough to get ďcompedĒ). And after the play your buddy asks what you thought. You are polite with your response and say you enjoyed the show. Well, f*ck that! This is what I felt watching this atrocious film, "I don't like your stinking play dude!"

Mark Redfield took his stage version of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde and decided to make a movie. He adapted the screenplay directly from the novella and directed himself. Frankly he is not a bad actor; heís actually quite good in the dual role. But the transition from stage to screen was sinful. From characters standing around in front of painfully bad set designs to actors wearing fake beards or mustaches. It would have been fine on stage. Nobody would notice. But this is a film, folks! Hire actors with beards!

Donít get me wrongÖ I like some ďstageĒ productions. Hell, Iíve been known to watch Masterpiece Theatre from time to time, I recently caught Bleak House which was fantastic. And yes Iím sure that Bleak House had a bigger budget, but it also knew the fine art of separating the two mediums of film and stage. No fake beards there. Jekyll and Hyde had no clue. Iím sure this could have worked, and it has, several times before. It is a fantastic story. But the atmosphere suffered a great deal from badly cast actors to awful sets. If I wanted to see the play I would have seen the play. If you want to see Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde rent the 1931 version starring Fredrick March or any one of the other translations; donít waste your time with this.
Video / Audio
Video: Standard 1.33:1

Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
The Extras
Trailers (9:31) include "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde", "Just Add Pepper", "Magdalen", "Bohica", "Blood of the Beast" and "A Chronicle of Corpses". Nothing here looked very good. Of course, what was I expecting?

Deleted Scenes (13:22) include "Jekyll's House Call", "Upstairs/Downstairs", "The Vile Patron", "Jack Tells A Story", "Jack's Guns", "Miriam's Vision" and "The 'Blind' Beggar". Sorry, barely made it through the feature. These scenes added nothing for me.

Audio Commentary an insightful look on this film. But in the end, Mark Radfield might want to stick to directing theatre, he had too much going on here which was part of the problem with the film. But hey, he tried right?

The Making of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (29:13) strangely enough I found this documentary interesting. Mr. Redfield comes across here as a very intelligent man with an interesting vision. The director discusses an interesting story abou the first production of this play at the time Jack The Ripper was stalking the streets of London. Fun stuff. This little feature almost made the film look good.
Last Call
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde has been done often, and much, much better than this production. This is a play and should have remained a play. With a terrible set design, bad make-up and some mis-cast actors, I felt the urge to go all "Hyde" on this flick. My diagnosis; see the original and don't waste your time with this.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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